OBERLIN — A resolution supporting medical marijuana businesses in the city’s industrial park was unanimously passed by Council on Monday.
The zoning of the city’s industrial park is compatible with the cultivation, testing and processing of marijuana for medical purposes, the resolution states. The resolution also notes that the industrial park is the only location in the city zoned for such usage.
Included in the resolution is a statement saying that the Council embraces the state’s new medical marijuana legislation and encourages facilities to set up medical marijuana business in the city.
Both the Planning Commission and Law Director Jon Clark signed off on the resolution
Though no one on Council made comments about the resolution during the meeting, Linda Pardee, an Oberlin native, thanked them for their support.
Pardee is a founding member of the Ohio Rights Group, a grass-roots medical cannabis movement, and the mother of a pain management patient.
Linda Pardee and her husband, John, became medical marijuana advocates after their son, Jason, was in a car accident. He had a shattered pelvis, broken ribs and punctured lungs and was in a medically induced coma for two weeks while doctors mended his bones.
Jason Pardee was given painkillers during recovery, but John Pardee said previously that complications from the pills often landed his son back in the emergency room.
When Jason Pardee moved to California and starting using legal medical marijuana for lingering pain, his parents began doing their own research.
In a statement to Council, Linda Pardee thanked Councilman Kelley Singleton for his efforts to get the resolution passed and addressed the concerns of some of the other Council members.
Linda Pardee told Council members that having legal medical marijuana removes much of the supply from street dealers, who don’t check the buyer’s age and that states which have legalized medical marijuana have not seen in increase in teen use.
She also said allowing for medical marijuana facilities fits with the image and reputation of the city.
“The Oberlin motto is to ‘Live, Learn and Lead,’ and we feel this resolution fully embodies this motto,” Linda Pardee said. “We plan to continue to work with Council to ensure this industry gives patients a chance to live healthier lives, teaches the next generation of medical practitioners how to apply this medicine and that we continue Oberlin’s leadership in defending the needs and rights of the sick, dying and disabled.”
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